Posted on July 22, 2022
Pictures of the Wild Marjoram (Origanum vulgare) at the Charlton Down Nature Reserve yesterday with a couple of the many insect visitors greedily supping up the nectar.
Posted on May 27, 2022
The Charlton Down Nature Reserve has seen some significant ‘tidying up’ over the last year. I do not know why a nature reserve should be so neat and tidy, with swathes of close-cut grass and pathways that look as if they cover a greater proportion of the site than the ‘wild’ areas themselves. Nevertheless, some wild native flowers have survived this Spring, although to a much lesser degree than observed in previous years. There is a thick carpeting of very small Yellow Rattle plants low down on the ever-decreasing central area which I think has been cut twice at least since last autumn..